5 Ways to Keep Employees From Becoming Competitors

5 Ways to Keep Employees From Becoming Competitors

New companies aren’t built by tinkerers in garages. Instead, startups emerge from big established companies. Amar Bhide, author of The Origin and Evolution of New Businesses, interviewed 100 founders from the Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing private U.S. companies and found that 88 percent did not start with a unique or proprietary product or idea. “[They] typically imitated someone else’s ideas that they often encountered in the course of a previous job,” Bhide says. (more…)

Confession of a Seth Godin Groupie

Confession of a Seth Godin Groupie

The busy life of an entrepreneur doesn’t leave much time for reading all of the valuable information shared on the Internet; so I don’t always get to read Seth Godin’s daily words of wisdom.

(How he comes up with something new to share every day continually awes me.)

But I must confess that I thought that he left something really important out of his recent post on The four elements of entrepreneurship. (more…)

Want to Boost Your Bottom Line? The Answer Will Make You Smile!

Want to Boost Your Bottom Line? The Answer Will Make You Smile!

This post follows an intensive mentoring session with Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh and Jenn Lim, CEO Delivering Happiness where I learned how Zappos grew from a tiny retail start-up to the industry leader it is today and what advice they would give new (and current) entrepreneurs. These seasoned (and successful) business minds shared with me ten vital, hard-won lessons that they credit for Zappos’ success. (more…)

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